Watch AACTA Pitch Winning Short Film OUR GREATEST ESCAPE

Emerging filmmaker Loani Arman turned her pitch into a reality after taking home the AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected presented by MINI top prize last year including $15,000 towards the production of her short film!

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Her winning pitch, OUR GREATEST ESCAPE, features a young woman who struggles with losing her mother to dementia, but through an old ritual, she finds a way to bring her back. An emotionally raw short film, OUR GREATEST ESCAPE reminds us all that even though life moves on, there's still magic and fun to be had.


Entering AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes? Here’s Loani’s top tip for a winning pitch:

“Know why you're the only person that could tell that story. People want to hear your voice in a pitch, and feel like the story is safe in your hands. Also, you have to rehearse! A lot! In front of family and friends, work colleagues, to strangers, in front of a mirror - I rehearsed for the AACTA Pitch competition over Skype with my partner! Trust me, the more you run it by other people, it'll help ease your nerves when it comes to showtime!”

About the Filmmaker:
Loani Arman is an Indonesian-Australian writer and director based in Queensland. Last year, Loani was selected for the Screen Queensland Charlie's Lab in Los Angeles where she was mentored by Cindy Chupack (SEX AND THE CITY). 2019 also saw Loani win AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected presented by MINI and make her latest short film, OUR GREATEST ESCAPE. In 2018, Loani was the director’s attachment on See Saw Pictures new series, THE END. She also wrote and directed the dark comedy, THE MOTHER LOAD, funded by Screen Queensland. That same year, Loani won the Access Prize at the Australian International Documentary Conference, a win that came off the back of the release of her short web doco, MY BODY SAYS funded through Screen Australia’s Doco180 initiative. Also in 2017, Loani a part of Screen Queensland’s Anthology feature film initiative; and her podcast series, GIRLHOOD, was selected for development with S-TOWN’s Brian Reed. Earlier in her career, Loani was Drama Associate for Showtime.

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